FUNDING of $50 million has been approved for the detailed design work on the final section of the Cooroy to Curra upgrade of the Bruce Highway between the Woondum Interchange and Curra.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government would contribute up to $40 million towards the planning and detailed design work of the Cooroy to Curra Section D project.
"This section of the Bruce Highway will be the final part of the 61km upgrade between Cooroy and Curra, building on the government's ongoing commitment to fix the Bruce Hwy," Mr Chester said.
"The design of the new 2km section of the Bruce Highway includes a bypass of Gympie with the corridor running east of the town, close to the railway line until Old Maryborough Rd, then through the edge of Curra State Forest.
"The detailed design phase of this project will allow for further refinements to the planning layout for Section D, and will produce the final project design layout."
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government was investing $10 million to ensure the Department of Transport and Main Roads was able to continue with the design process for Section D.
"The planning for Section D was finalised by my department in December 2015. With this additional funding, we can now go to market to find the most suitable design consultant," Mr Bailey said.
"The successful design consultant is expected to be announced in the coming months and the detailed design work is expected to be completed by late-2017 - bringing us one step closer to being shovel ready.
"This final section of Cooroy to Curra, including a bypass of Gympie, will separate long distance from local traffic movements to allow the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor."
Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the Cooroy to Curra upgrade was progressing well, with Section C major works due to commence construction shortly.
"The Cooroy to Curra - Section A project, which will realign 13.3km of the highway from Cooroy Southern Interchange to Sankeys Rd, is also expected to be finished by late-2016, weather permitting," Mr Truss said.
The project is jointly funded for the Federal and State Governments 80:20.